Dec 22 2013, 7:36am CST | by Forbes
NFL: The league announces that the site of the new football stadium in Los Angeles will be Chavez Ravine. Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner, Frank McCourt, an investor in the real estate, will make a fortune.
NHL: Rather than relocate unprofitable teams from the Sunbelt, hockey announces expansion teams in Seattle and Quebec City for 2016-17 season.
WWE: Signs new television deal triple current annual value of $140 million. Linda McMahon uses proceeds to fund another run for U.S. senate.
NFL: Tim Tebow is back in the NFL.
MLB: The Alex Rodriguez suspension is reduced to 111 games. Injuries also cause him to miss time and he fails to hit the six home runs that trigger $6 million bonus for tying Willie Mays’ mark
NHL: Three teams are sold in 2013, taking advantage of recent run-up in franchise values.
NBA: ESPN/TNT re-sign TV rights deal, but fee jumps 150% thanks to interest from NBC and Fox.
Golf: Tiger Woods breaks his majors drought with two wins: the Masters and the British.
Tennis: Roger Federer drops out of top 10 and retires at end of the year.
NFL: Tony Romo leads the Dallas Cowboys to this year’s Super Bowl, only to be blamed for a second straight 51-48 loss to the Denver Broncos despite throwing for 506 yards and five TDs.
MLB: Mike Trout once again puts up offensive numbers just a hair behind Miguel Cabrera’s, but this time he wins the AL MVP as the old guard writers finally get it right and cave to the advanced stat crowd.
Tennis: Maria Sharapova doesn’t win a major, but her endorsements keep piling up anyway. And her candy line surpasses $10 million in sales.
MLB: Mike Trout finally wins American League MVP honors. The Miami Marlin’s Jose Fernandez follows phenomenal rookie year by topping Clayton Kershaw for NL Cy Young.
NHL: The St. Louis Blues make their first Western Conference Finals in over a decade and team nets its first profit since 2006.
NBA: The San Antonio Spurs’ age catches up to them; they make the playoffs but get bounced early. Kansas star Andrew Wiggins falls to No. 3 in the draft.
Golf: Adam Scott wins another major. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson don’t. Woods is still the year’s money winner.
Tennis: Rafa Nadal picks up three Grand Slam titles, with Novak Djokovic taking his fourth straight Australian Open.
Formula One: Red Bull doesn’t miss a beat despite losing Mark Webber. Sebastian Vettel leads team to fifth straight Constructors’ Championship.
NFL: The Seattle Seahawks win this year’s Super Bowl, in beautiful 50-degree weather at the Meadowlands, harassing Peyton Manning all night. The NFL is hit with a handful of new concussion-related lawsuits. The Carolina Panthers emerge as the best team in the league early in the ’14 season.
College Football: Auburn wins this year’s BCS National Championship. But next season, the title goes to their arch-rival, Alabama, in the first-ever college football playoff. It will be Nick Saban’s fourth at the school, and fifth overall. And he’ll do it with a walk-on quarterback leading the offense.
MLB: The Kansas City Royals make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. The New York Yankees—despite their free agent acquisitions—miss the postseason again.
Golf: Tiger Woods will win at least one major tournament. He’s been close at Augusta in recent years. He’s due.
Tennis: After bombing out early in each of the four majors and watching his ranking plummet, Roger Federer retires.
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